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Projects, participation and planning across boundaries in Göttingen

Projects, participation and planning across boundaries in Göttingen

Fenton, Paul and Paschek, Fanny ORCID: 0000-0002-6294-6593 (2018) Projects, participation and planning across boundaries in Göttingen. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 5 (1). pp. 81-89. ISSN 2168-1376 (doi:

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This paper explores efforts to coordinate strategies promoting sustainable development – with specific focus on mobility and transport in climate change mitigation – across administrative boundaries in the city and county of Göttingen, Germany. The paper questions the possibility to develop and align strategic objectives and implementation across administrative boundaries when relying on short-term project funds. The experiences of key stakeholders in Göttingen are presented, with reference to empirical data from a document and interview study. Results indicate that reliance on short-term, project-based funding from external sources offers both opportunities and challenges for locally and regionally integrated strategy formulation and implementation. Five factors shaping the strategy space of actors are used to frame the analysis, with findings suggesting the need for further research on how local authorities overcome capacity and resource limitations, particularly with respect to complex challenges such as climate change.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: City and county administrations; capacity; climate change; sustainable mobility; transport; funding; participatory processes
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 12:45

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